I'm currently visiting a dear friend who lives in a city on the east coast. While the daily bus commute has been magical for my son, I've been getting some side benefits as well from our leisure walks.
I must say the whole city-living lifestyle is a nostalgia for my former single life. So allow me to reminisce a bit. Single life in Manhattan was fab and carefree. The pedestrian friendliness, culture, and convenience to everything from 24/7 delis to the best Broadway shows were priceless. However, unlike the renowned interior designer Jaime Drake, most of New York City residents do not live in luxury. In a studio loft, I was often inspired by Japanese architecture to maximize space and create my own 'rooms', which was more like designated areas within the studio. As odd as it was for friends who visited from the suburbs, it was quite normal to find a bike or mannequin next to the kitchen or fireplace in my 'living room'.
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